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My edits - this was tough to do without giving away major spoilers! I have a bunch more screencaps, but they're all pretty spoiler-y, so I'll wait to do anything with them.
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A film with very little dialogue but lots to say.
Markus Blunder’s directorial debut, Autumn Blood, is a brave
sort of film to attempt as your first. It has little in the way of
dialogue, with the first words being spoken taking almost 40-minutes to
be heard. Not that it wasn’t effective for this type of revenge film, as
it certainly was, but it’s not your typical debut film. At times I
expected it to become another I spit on Your Grave, with beautiful scenery, but it never attained that level of violence, which I’m rather thankful for.
The cast were each impressive, with the stunning Sophie Lowe giving a
splendid and brave performance as the young girl who is brutally raped
by several villagers. Lowe was also fully naked a few times, which I
thought rather unnecessary, as pleasing to the eye as her form was. I’ve
been a fan of Peter Stormare for quite some time now, and I couldn’t
begin to estimate how many of his films I’ve seen now, although, in most
he played the bad guy. In Autumn Blood he plays the mayor of a
small village in the mountains. The characters are never named, with
the end credits listing them as “The Girl,” “The Mayor,” “The Butcher”
and so on.
Great acting and scenery were in Autumn Blood‘s favour, and
without the excellent performance by the lovely Sophie Lowe, I’m not
sure I would’ve got as much pleasure from this film as I did. Lucky for
director Markus Blunder, not having any dialogue for so long paid off,
and made for a great way to get the audience to focus on the
breathtaking beauty of the scenery, then have us snap out of the
illusion of peace by the rape. The dead silence immediately after the
first rape as the camera panned the valley was also very effective, like
the calm before the storm.
I’ve never been a fan of seeing rape in film but this was just
bearable, yet very convincing. The first rape happens while there is
still no one speaking, and just after raping the girl, the hunter fires
his rifle in the air. To me it was part threat to the girl but that’s an
oversimplification of what we’re meant to take from it I’m sure.
A solid first effort from Blunder whose gamble paid off handsomely,
giving us a film that most should enjoy, particularly those of you who
like slow boil thrillers. Interestingly, I noticed Markus Blunder was
involved with a film I remember from my youth, titled Enemy Mine, made in 1985. If you like sci-fi and haven’t seen it then I highly recommend you do.
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2 July, 2014 | By Jeremy Kay
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
Autumn Blood was shot entirely on 65mm in the Austrian Alps and stars Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgard, Samuel Vauramo and newcomer Maximilian Harnisch.
The story centres on a pair of siblings at a secluded mountain farm who decide not to tell anyone when their mother dies, leaving them orphans. In the coming days they must deal with sinister visitors. Stephen T Barton and Blunder co-wrote the screenplay. Blunder also produced.
“We are excited to collaborate with 108 Media to release this jarring, incredibly cinematic film with its creative and unpredictable storytelling,” said ARC’s head of acquisitions Scott Moesta. “We are proud to distribute the film on all platforms.”
Moesta brokered the deal with 108 Media’s Jordan Nutson on behalf of the filmmakers.
108 has closed deals with Japan (New Select), pan-Asia (Astro) and Scandinavia (Take One). Deals are understood to be in the works for Australia and New Zealand, Germany and France.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with ARC on bringing Markus’s captivating feature film debut to audiences across the USA and Canada,” said Nutson.
“After examining ARC’s previous successful releases, I couldn’t think of a better partner to be releasing Autumn Blood within North America,” said Blunder.
Recent ARC Entertainment releases include Lullaby starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jessica Brown Findlay and Anne Archer; Sweetwater starring January Jones, Jason Isaacs and Jason Aldean; Big Surwith Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty; and the Jeremy Lin documentaryLinsanity.
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